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Humanitarian crisis in Malawi after Cyclone Freddy

Cyclone Freddy is one of the deadliest and longest-lasting storms ever to reach southern Africa. With over 500 people dead, hundreds still missing and 350,000 people displaced from their homes, Malawi was the most devastated country and is currently in catastrophic conditions. 

Priest, Diocese of Mzuzu, Malawi, Africa

At the moment, the soldiers, as well as some people of goodwill, are still recovering and discovering some bodies, especially those who were killed during the floods and their bodies were buried by mud as well as rocks.

Many of the survivors are now living in camps and lack food, water, and clothing. They also need medication, as the camps create an additional risk of worsening the already deadly outbreak of cholera. 

During his papacy, Pope Francis has made four trips to Africa and repeatedly speaks about the well-being of their people. He recently expressed his concern for Malawi. 

March 15, 2023

I pray for the dead, the injured, the displaced. May the Lord sustain the families and communities most tried by this calamity.

The Bishops' Conference of Malawi—an assembly of 8 Catholic dioceses—has stayed active in supporting parishioners and gathering resources for victims. But there is still much work to be done. They are asking for donations and support from the international Catholic community. 

Priest, Diocese of Mzuzu, Malawi, Africa

Please, let us try all we can do to save humanity. Humanity is at risk in our country. Please, let us try to save lives, especially the people who are in the camps, they are at risk.

Even as recovery efforts continue in Malawi, the death toll is still expected to rise.